Washington cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexWashingtonNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index111127100
IndexWashingtonNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index113114100
Groceries index102104100
Health care index102100100
Housing index115166100
Transportation index106107100
Utilities index109110100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Washington, NJ is shown above. Compared to the state average of New Jersey the cost of living index in Washington, NJ is 111, which is 13% lower than the average in New Jersey and compared to the national average it is 11% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Washington, NJ goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in New Jersey and are 13% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Washington is 13% lower than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Washington is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Washington is 15% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Washington, NJ to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Washington, NJ, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Washington, NJ salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$82,667$6,889$1,929$2,480
Renters$31,102$2,592$726$933
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Washington, NJ, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Washington, NJ homeowners have a median income of $82,667. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,929 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $31,102, which means there is a maximum of $726 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

New Jersey Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Jersey7%7%

New Jersey Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Jersey1.4%8.97%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Washington, NJ, the New Jersey income tax and the New Jersey sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The New Jersey maximum surtax is 7%, and the New Jersey sales tax is 7%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1.4% to 8.97% in New Jersey.

Goods & Services

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.80$15.5627.2%
Beauty Salon $31.53$36.1112.7%
Toothpaste $2.04$2.4717.4%
Shampoo $0.96$0.960.9%
Movie $12.25$10.1321.0%
Bowling $4.44$4.746.3%

Groceries

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.72$3.986.7%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.411.2%
Milk $2.35$2.0613.9%
Potatoes $2.76$2.987.6%
Pizza $8.16$9.4713.8%
Beer $9.12$8.793.7%

Health Care

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.60$101.043.5%
Doctor $88.87$107.4417.3%
Dentist $110.17$90.4221.8%
Ibuprofen $8.59$9.287.4%
Lipitor $389.54$426.508.7%

Housing

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $208,500.00$175,700.0018.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,533.70$1,133.2335.3%
Apartment Rent $982.00$920.006.7%

Transportation

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$1.993.6%
Tire Balancing $59.07$45.7629.1%

Utilities

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.73$163.813.0%
Phone $33.50$28.3918.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Bridgeville, NJ991099%
Allamuchy, NJ1001099%
Delaware, NJ861099%
Port Murray, NJ901099%
Pen Argyl, PA3,57696-4%
Washington, NJ6,43911111%

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Bartonville, IL6,44089-11%
Camp Pendleton North, CA6,43613333%
Lincroft, NJ6,43614141%
Oak Ridge, NC6,43511515%
Washington, NJ6,43911111%
Source: The Washington, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.